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The First World War officially came to end at 11 AM on the 11th November 1918. The Armistice was a pivotal moment in the lives of millions of people, and they reacted to it in many different ways.
Room of Voices is an immersive sound installation that shares the stories of 32 people who fought and lived through the Great War. You will hear how it affected Ernest Argall, a Royal Engineers signaller on the Western Front, and civilians like Dolly Shepherd, who remembered weeping because the silence was so awful: "You see we'd been used to the noise of guns, all day long... it was so strange, to have silence".
Some of the stories are solemn whilst others are celebratory, but they all imprinted on the minds of an entire generation.
> Craig’s review of Imperial War Museum – “When was the last time that Britain lost a war? Let me think... apart from the Romans and the Vikings and the Normans, and the Hundred Years War, and the First Boer War, and that war against Mel Gibson in Scotland, I can't think of a single time that someone actually managed to beat us. Obviously you can't include the American War of Independence because that was tech… continued”
Slavery, Culture & Collecting – 15 Sep 2018 to 15 Sep 2019 – This exhibition explores the connection between some of Britain's oldest cultural organisations and transatlantic slavery
Feliks Topolski — Drawing Debden – 1 Oct 2018 to 28 Jun 2019 – The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – 19 Oct 2018 to 30 Jun 2019 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum with this exhibition of the top 100 photos.
Victorian surgery at the Old Operating Theatre – Sat and Sun – A demonstration about Victorian surgery inside the original 19th-century Operating Theatre at St Thomas's Hospital.
Private tour of the Churchill War Rooms – Every day – Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms, and experience Winston Churchill's wartime bunker from behind the glass.
Call in the Cavalry — National Army Museum – 25 Oct 2018 to 9 Jun 2019 – An exhibition about the British Hussars, exploring their history and shared traditions with the Hungarian Hussars.
Crime Scene Live! — at the Natural History Museum – 5 Nov 2018, 11 Jan, 8 Feb, 22 Mar, 5 Apr, 24 May and 7 Jun 2019 – A group event where you'll turn into a CSI and collect evidence around the Natural History Museum to solve a murder mystery
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Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy Imperial War Museum then you might like to visit Churchill War Rooms (walk it in 20 mins or catch the tube from Lambeth North to Westminster), HMS Belfast (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Lambeth North to London Bridge), National Army Museum (catch the train from Lambeth North to Sloane Square) and National Maritime Museum (catch the train from Lambeth North to Cutty Sark)
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